Philadelphia, August 18, 2012 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter has issued the following statement on the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr.:
“For the third time this year, Philadelphians and members of the Philadelphia Police Department have been visited by tragedy with the violent death of a respected, veteran police officer. Early this morning, Police Officer Moses Walker Jr., a graduate of Ben Franklin High School and a 19-year veteran of the department was shot several times shortly after completing his tour of duty and while walking on Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
Officer Walker, who was 40-years old, worked in Center City for some years and was then assigned to the 22nd District where he was working at the time of his death. Like his brothers and sisters on the force, he was a committed public servant, beloved by his family, friends and colleagues. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of them as they cope with their grief in the loss of this good man.
I also urge all Philadelphians to offer their condolences to members of the Philadelphia Police Department who in early July lost Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo in an accident involving an alleged drunken driver who crashed into Lorenzo, who was on his way home on his Highway Patrol motorcycle; and little more than a week later, Police Officer Marc Brady who was riding his bicycling and was fatally injured by a car. We can never thank enough the officers who risk their lives every day to protect us all.
And, I am calling on all Philadelphians with information about Officer Walker’s death to help the police identify the suspect and bring that person to justice. To that end, the City of Philadelphia is offering a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect in the murder of Officer Walker. I have also ordered that all City flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Walker.
In addition, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the suspect in the case. Funeral arrangements are pending.
But I also want to note that Officer Walker’s tragic death this morning comes following a night where three civilian Philadelphians lost their lives to senseless gun violence. We offer our condolences and prayers to the families of these men.
We will not make headway in dramatically reducing the scourge of gun violence and the proliferation of illegal guns until we as a community stand together and offer all information that we have on the perpetrators of violence in our city.
You can call 911 or talk to a police officer, but you can also submit a tip anonymously through www.phillypolice.com. The Department also has a Tip line – just call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or you can text a tip at PPDTIP (773847). You can email a tip at email@example.com. In addition, you can download an app at I watchphiladelphia.com, a virtual crime watch.
More and more, Philadelphians have the means to make a difference. For example, we have the SafeCam program that allows businesses and residents to register their private security cameras and join the Police Department’s crime fighting network. Please utilize these crime-fighting tools as citizens of this great City. We all want a safer Philadelphia, and we all can and must do our part.”